Video: Don’t Try Giving Away Copies Of The Constitution At Modesto Junior College

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Some crazy kid named Robert Van Tuinen, a student at Modesto Junior College (MJC) in California’s Central Valley, thought it would be appropriate to commemorate Constitution Day on Sept. 17 by passing out free copies of our Nation’s founding document to fellow students walking around the campus.

It didn’t go so well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XqD6RhRBAA

Nice try, kid. Did you think this was a free country? Van Tuinen was shut down by college police, who along with school administrators told him he had to do that sort of thing in the campus free speech zone (because the whole U.S. isn’t a free speech zone), and that he’d already missed his chance, at any rate, because he hadn’t scheduled his plan to use the free speech zone the requisite number of days in advance.

George Lucas went to MJC and based his major directorial debut, American Graffiti, about life in Modesto. Now his JuCo alma mater is giving the U.S. Constitution the graffiti treatment.

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  • oldguy

    Anyone want to bet that the ACLU will not support this young man’s rights?

    • Alan

      I’d wager good money on that oldguy. They’re too busy defending everything that’s wrong with this country to begin with. They don’t have time for troublesome upstarts.

  • Alan

    Freedom of speech has become just a passing fancy to those who have no respect for the Constitution. Little by little the progressives are whittling away at it, until one day we will awaken to find that it no longer exists at all. Wake up folks! It’s past time to start fighting back.

    • Vis Fac

      We have to DEMAND to exercise our rights remaining apathetic or silent gives tacit approval that encroachment on our rights is acceptable. I’ll say what I wan when I want you had best be prepared to fall if you deny me.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • Alan

        Good for you Force Recon! That’s the way it was meant to be. Speak your voice loud and proud and forget all the politically correct BS! Semper-Fi indeed!

      • 0311

        I would say the Police Officer who confronted this young man was in violation of his oath to PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION. As such he should be subject to disciplinary action.
        Semper Fi

        • RonWillison

          Rentacops will do whatever they are told to do. The the school district board members are the ones responsible and should be sued for bill of rights violations. Both in civil court and criminal court.

          • Vis Fac

            That is assuming you can find a Liberal Trial lawyer to take your case.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • RonWillison

            You have a point there. There is always “In Pro per” right? Then again. You know what they say about being your own attorney?

          • Vis Fac

            And I am no fool so I stay in the shadows and act when necessary.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • bmrtoyo

            thats a whole another problem today

        • Vis Fac

          Absolutely and for good measure have to attend government classes all without pay until they pass the exam. I say the same thing for ODUMBO but being the racist that I am (only white people can be racist) I say boot him back to Kenya where he was born. Not in jail where we have to feed him and he certainly not to pass GO and do not collect $200

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi Fellow Grunt

          • Cashu

            A little boy said to his mother,

            “Mommy… how come I’m black and you’re white?”

            His mother replied, “Don’t EVEN go there, Barack. From what I can remember about that party, you’re just lucky you don’t bark!!”

            Cashu

            ====================

          • Vis Fac

            Now that’s funny racist but funny!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

    • Robert Messmer

      Senator Lindsey Graham is one who is against free speech.

    • chocopot

      Alan –

      Whoever coined the term “progressives” had to be brilliant. The simple fact of the matter is that “progressives” are anything but “progressive.” They are simply Marxists who try to make it seem as if they are trying to help this nation “progress” or move on to something better than what exists today. Nothing could be further from the truth. I actually term them “regressives” since what they intend to do in reality is take this nation (and the rest of the world) back to a state of feudalism, where a small group of elitists (which is them, of course) control everything and everyone, and the masses are nothing more than slaves working for the masters. The pity of all of this is that while it is so obvious to me and some others, the mass of the population is blind to the reality and falls for all of the lies.

  • disqus_xRDifJ7vnp

    Sounds more like George Lucas’ first film THX 1138….

  • chefz774

    OK, I have to admit, this is a new one to me. At this stupid college you not only have a small area on campus that is the ONLY place you’re “allowed” to exercise your First Amendment RIGHT of free speech, but you HAVE TO reserve it several days in ADVANCE??!!? Would someone PLEASE explain to me how this has come to be a school policy, and nobody including the ACLU who routinely screams about attempts to shut someone up, hasn’t taken this issue to court? I can understand reserving this area for a large gathering or rally, but for one person to hand out pocket copies of the CONSTITUTION? Oh wait, NOW I get it! He wasn’t promoting some far left wing, liberal, socialist idea, he was promoting the Constitution instead! And you’re just NOT ALLOWED TO DO THAT in this country anymore because the libs hate it and all it stands for! Silly me!

  • Vis Fac

    This is TYPICAL liberal one dimensional idiot-ology emphasis on idiot.

    For years these liberal indoctrination camps that masquerade as public schools indoctrinate our children with anti US propaganda instilling politically correct (re-education) agenda with the sole purpose of dumbing down and producing the functionally illiterate to be dependent on big government and lame stream media.

    Liberals hate OUR Constitution because the end game is people control and Our “pesky Constitution” keeps getting n their way.

    Bring back GOVERNMENT HISTORY ETHICS and all the other basic subjects to our schools

    Libertas inaestimabilis res est
    Semper-Fi

    • FREE DONUTS

      Right on, FR!!

      • IsThisAmerica

        I hate politically correct. I want our constitution. Liberals just want us as dumb as they are, nah ain’t gonna happen. Everytime I see a liberal B. on Hannity she opens her mouth spews out crap, then inserts foot. They show that they know nothing, and then when you throw facts in their face they get pissed off and start shouting you down, or tell you to shut up! My God, I never saw so many idiots on the news. They spout nothing but lies. Propaganda is all it is. You should believe us we know what’s good for you. @#%$^*&*^%$$#!!!!

        • JMICHAEL270

          Must be referring to Leslie Marshall…..needs all of her teeth pulled and her mouth sewn shut….what a piece of work!

          • bmrtoyo

            along with that transgender rachael maddow , nice adams apple job there rache

  • Peter Wang

    Now let me see. Hmm! If he was handing out homosexual literature, would he have the same problem? Don’t think so, but could be wrong. What about feminist literature? Perhaps not. Pro Muslim literature; nah, no problem. Cops wouldn’t come near them. Come to think of it, they wouldn’t go near homosexuals and/or feminists either. Pro life? Out the door. Pro Abortion? Welcome. Christians…arrrgh!…get out. Atheists? Welcome……. Constitution? Groan! Time to take to the streets brothers and sisters. Its the only thing that seems to work. Come the revolution, we will fight, they will not, and after we win, they will show us no gratitude; but we were never fighting for them, we were always fighting for the right thinking people, the humanists, the compassionate, the families, our children, our good neighbours and our freedom. The fact that the fringe dwellers also get the benefit, goes with the job. Be ever vigilant, lest our freedom slips away; piece by piece and slice by slice, right under our noses.

    • Speak2Truth

      There are two ways to destroy a nation:

      Either kill everyone or destroy that which they believe in.

      Look which strategy the Left are using… for now.

  • Bill P.

    The two most liberal institutions in this country are the media and the education system. You saw one of them on display here. I wonder what they would do to someone handing out flags on Flag Day.

    • IsThisAmerica

      Probably kick them out of school.

    • Quester55

      Look no Further Than, ” Arlington Cemetery, ” for your Answer!
      And i expect that Obama & His Atheist friends will demand those Cross Markers, Be replaced, as they may offend his Muslim Family’s!

  • Sam

    This is not surprise. The Common Core school indoctrination program has removed cursive writing. It just so happens that our founding documents are in cursive. This is intentionally done so the future sheeple will not know how to read the truth.

  • terri

    Students right to do it. We need freedom our country & nation under God. U.S. Constitution right. We the people..Why evil against Constitution? I hate to see slave of Americans. God made set up me free. Please believe in God..Heaven is freedom!

  • CSN

    We must be living in Soviet Style Russia, or have I woke up yet? That cop has been prepped by the Communist Party of American Idiots. Look at how he’s demeaning that young man. How wretched!

  • CSN

    I think we need to have a “March for Free Speech” with 10 Million people and no less…then they might get the idea correct.

    • Quester55

      Wouldn’t work, As soon as they say us coming, they’d call the cops & have us Gunned Down, for being an out of control mob!!!

      • CSN

        Oh ye of little faith! How are they going to gun down Milliions of people? They didn’t gun down the Motorcyclists who came into D.C. in the Millions (around 1.2 Million), and they blocked a lot of traffic, but they made their point against Muslims on 9/11. We have “Faith in God”, and if we can’t stand up now to tyranny, when will we stand up to it, when they come and take us into vans to the concentration camps? No way…I’ll die before they do that!

        • Vis Fac

          No they will come for you (the unarmed individual) and others in mass with their M-16s body armor air support and tactical vehicles for this is what they do; intimidate.

          If someone were to actually respond in kind you will see them scatter like billiard balls on a break. Most of these LEOS are there to pick on and abuse the weak those with cmbat training and th willingness to stand up for their rights have a chance

          Fortunately for me they would need to traverse several acres of woods and fields to reach me where I have tactical a advantage. I will know when they come and a Barrett .50 has a long reach even against aircraft

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

        • Quester55

          Not True, I have Faith In Jesus & that is all I need. However I Know our true Enemy & the Tactics it will use is nearly Unstoppable!

          The truth is, ” Tempt Not, The Lord thy God.”
          Marching on D.C. Would be Wonderful & I’d Support it from My Bed, (Disabled Vet) If only we could march in Truth & Not The HATE that we all know resides in all of us! In order for the LORD to Bless us, We All would need to be of one mind & of one accord, & above all, ” too Be Angry, but Sin Not, ” must be our motto, anything less would leave us open to attack.
          Now I ask you, Can you follow those Conditions & March with GOD on our Side?
          Can you remember to be IN Season & Out of Season?
          I have seen Prayer do Wonderful things, & if we could get 1 Million Plus souls to march in ” Jesus Name,” There would be Nothing that could stand against us!

        • Quester55

          By the way, you state that You’ll Die before they do That? Do You Know that To God, Suicide is a Sin & You can’t ask Forgiveness for that sin, After your Dead!?
          I Am not a Passive person, however, JESUS has made me a compassionate Person, We can Be Warriors of Righteousness & Still Show Compassion for the Lost Souls of those Fools that follow Obama, If not Obama itself !
          I Guess what I’m Saying is, ” MARCH With GOD, Or march Alone, ” !

          • CSN

            I meant that I would die defending my rights….they come to get me, I’ll resist, so they’ll have to kill me. That’s not suicide to defend yourself against an aggressor. I know the commandments friend. Jesus said there is a Just anger, and he called the Scribes and Pharisee’s “Whitened Sepulchers and Brood of Vipers”. Jesus also turned over the tables of the money changers who were selling and turning the “House of God” into a den of “Thieves”. There is a time to act and a time not to act. We are in the time to ACT, or lose our lives. Yes, we could start a “March for Life and a March with God” against those who are trampling our rights. If God is with us, we have nothing to fear, not even our lives.

          • Quester55

            Good to hear it, Yes, Dying in Self Defense, Is a Different matter & If you must die, Do so by protecting Someone from getting hurt. Long Live GOD, COUNTRY & Mom’s Apple Pie!

  • paendragon

    Free speech zones imply the rest of the campus (and the country) are supposed to be “Politically Correct” (i.e: factually incorrect) zones set up to protect liars!

  • Earl Stoffel

    Are they teaching that the USA is a Democratic Republic or a socialist stronghold? The college should be shut down. Problem is they would open another down the street.

    • pbsambo

      Students should not attend these schools, they are low class institutions.

  • Judicious

    Robert Van Tuinen should get out and find a proper school. This inane draconian policy undermining American values has flagged Modesto Junior College as an institution for the breeding of brainwashed idiots.

    • Cashu

      Hillsdale College in Michigan is the only school in America that will not accept federal money in any form, including as student loans. That means they can concentrate on teaching a liberty-based curricula without any interference from government…

      Cashu

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      • CSN

        Saint Thomas Aquinas College in California also does not take Federal Money, and they have tight knit group of Teachers, etc. Colleges that care and matter need to stay off the dole of the Federal Government. Kids need to find out where to go to avoid this type of confrontation.

        • Jeff Noncent

          yes its true the parent should do there homework with there kids before they enter college

    • pbsambo

      Move out of Modesto.

      • bmrtoyo

        move out of commiefornia

  • IsThisAmerica

    I would sue them for violating my rights. Sick and tired of our rights being stomped into the ground.

    • pbsambo

      Sue all of them, better fire each and every one of them in 2014.

    • pbsambo

      Sue all of them, better fire each and every one of them in 2014.

      • Jeff Noncent

        I am with you on this we the people should fire all of them starting with the president and on down we don’t deserve this we the people deserve better than that

  • Jeff Noncent

    this is crazy so its okay to pass socialist, and communist literature not the constitution that is crazy, that tells me something this country is in the wrong path

    • CSN

      You see the direction our country is now headed….we’re a socialist police state, not a free republic. Time to act folks or lose everything!

      • Jeff Noncent

        you are right thank you for posting it I wish everybody would see what you wrote

    • Robert Messmer

      What he should have done after the Security guard left was tell the Admin person that it was quotations from the Quran and if she refused he would have Obama get her fired.

      • Jeff Noncent

        that is the truth I was wondering if administration of this college knows exatclly what’s going on in this country, or better yet do they know what’s the difference between a socialist, communist government, this is just a simple wait until everyone have to bow down to the president of this nation, its going to get ugly

  • jag

    Mental midgets running colleges???!Overpaid babysitters for a BUNCH of half brained poor little babys that DONT WANT TO WORK, and that my friends is just the plain truth cause u and I both know 45% of college grads aren’t quailified to even flip a burger if they had to,brainwashed young…I think they call it “HEADSTART”, is the beginning of their end! As far as the constutition goes…..going, going………..and now u know the rest of the story! As they will say after I’m dead and gone,..Welcome to. AMERIKA!

  • jag

    We need lots more like u……locked up!

    • Robert Wood

      GET_RID OF THE WATERMELON BOY —-THEN WE WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ANY MORE about it, and by the way i am all ready locked UP!!!!!!

  • dave

    Another great indicator that the “progressives” don’t really want people to have time to think! Someone may actually remember where we came from and that we, as a country, at one time did actually have a bill of rights that each person was guaranteed.
    Are they so afraid that they believe that one person who wishes to exercise one of his guaranteed rights will upset their whole socialist applecart? To hell with “political correctness” and those who want to push it down our throats!
    It is readily apparent that our “institutions of higher learning” have devolved into 2 or more years of brainwashing. The really bad part is that there is no way to clean your brain once they are done with their “brainwashing”, in most cases .
    Some administrators at that school need to go back for “re-education” and then be fired!

  • Walt wenger

    So there goes the First Amendment! It can only be exercised on particularly defined small areas on dates and times decided upon by the people in charge, with their explicit permission after all appropriate forms are properly completed. It is NOT a right under Federal Law!
    Why bother having a Constitution at all?

  • wandamurline

    Sorry Modesto, but this kid does have the right to pass out the Constitution, and he really has the right to find an ambulance chasing attorney and sue your pants off for violating his civil rights…folks, this is the only way that you can get these people’s attention….file a suit against the college and every single individual that stopped you and violated your rights … the almighty dollar is the answer when it is removed from their pockets.

  • Falino

    Good job Robert, I give you an A for effort. I wish you had included the meeting with the good doctor, but at any rate I hope you chronicle your experience in an article published locally about how the Constitution (or Constitution type papers!) are being suppressed.
    I can see a college keeping a lid on privet groups from disrupting campus life, I really can, and understand that that is why these rules exist. But in not distinguishing the Constitution from any other from of literature, turns it into “any other literature” and thereby demeans and belittles it.
    Judging by the handling of the situation by security and more importantly, the administrator, shows the absolute need for this to be brought forward.
    It’s sad as this is the state of “higher” education in a “free” society.

    • Robert Messmer

      It is not “higher” education in a “free” society it was at a Junior College in CALIFORNIA…land of the fruits and nuts where they don’t care what sex you are, just use any rest room, locker room that you feel like using today.

  • Quester55

    In my day, we did things a little more effectively, When the Administration said No, we said Thank-You & did it our way, anyway!
    The Superintendent Would not allow Our class to Follow Tradition & fly our Class Flag on Senior Skip Day, claiming that it was Obscene & Disrespectful to our Community’s Standards!
    So we got together, After Graduation, And using 5 Gal. of Vegetable Dyes, Painted our flag on the front lawn, about 100 X 70 Yards in size. Reading ” The Class of ?? Keeps on Buzzing”, showing a Giant Bumble Bee, Flying upside down.
    I understand that that dye was so strong that it lasted over 2 years, do you think they got the message?

    • Robbie

      Your fight to celebrate Senior Skip From School Day was certainly admirable and outs you in not one but two categories: American Patriot & Dope of the Decade.

  • Don Lee

    DO THESE PEOPLE THAT CALL THEMSELVES EDUCATORS HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THEY ARE SAYING?

    EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE ALL WITNESSED THE ILLEGAL ATTEMPTS BY
    THE OBAMA GANG TO DISMANTLE OUR CONSTITUTION WITH HIS
    “EXECUTIVE POWER” THE LAST TIME I LOOKED, NONE OF THEM HAVE BEEN REPEALED BY THESE MANIACAL COMMUNISTS, OR ELITISTS OR WHATEVER THEY ARE CALLING THEM SELVES THIS WEEK, BUT SINCE WHEN CAN A FEDERAL OR STATE SUPPORTED SCHOOL DICTATE THAT THERE ARE “NO FREE SPEECH AREAS ON A CAMPUS THAT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE IF IT WERE NOT SUPPORTED BY THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY THAT THEY NOW WANT TO DICTATE UNLAWFUL RULES TO. BULL HOCKEY!!!

    THIS STUDENT I HOPE WILL SUE THE HELL OUT OF THESE PEOPLE THAT ARE EDUCATED FAR ABOVE THEIR INTELLIGENCE AND ARE OPENLY VIOLATING THE CIVIL RIGHTS THAT WE ALL HAVE, AND THEY NEED TO BE BROUGHT UP ON CHARGES, AND I WOULD CERTAINLY DONATE TO THAT CAUSE.

    I WONDER WHERE OUR WHELPING LAWYERS FROM THE ACLU ARE VIEWING THIS ATROCITY IN OUR SCHOOLS, BUT I DOUBT YOU WILL HEAR ANYTHING FROM THEM SINCE THEY ONLY ACT ON CIVIL RIGHTS
    OF THEIR CHOICE!!!?

    • CSN

      The student needs to contact ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) and a few other Constitutional protection organizations, and ACLJ will help him in a Law Suit. That’s what they do all the time.

  • mnkysnkle

    I’m sorry!! But that is not a free speech zone. It is a restricted speech zone. It’s in direct violation of article 1 of the Bill Of Rights. That administrator and her Goon security should be removed from campus grounds immediately and charged with violating his constitutional rights. It’s too bad there aren’t any intelligent lawyers in Modesto.

  • jlnsr

    Just another in a long line of attempts to foster ignorance among our population about the Constitution by destroying an individual’s rights. They just can’t allow education other than their liberal agenda, even self education, to trump their desire to destroy American freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. Keep them ignorant of the truth so they can more easily be controlled is their mantra. To think that this occurred on an educational campus is just an indication of how far our public educational system has sunk. It’s a crying shame that the very institution that is “educating” our young people is worthless to all but the liberal agenda.

  • Robbie

    Oh just sign up and hand whatever out at a designated area. No big deal. Oh, and, get a life and try not to get into everyones face.

  • jag

    Had u pegged,o I mean someone there peggs u!lol! They let u have ur hour on the computer….